Sit Less, Move More: This Simple Rule Can Extend Your Life

by Myla Cruz

When you think of unhealthy activities, sitting down and hanging out probably isn’t at the top of your list. But, like so many things that are best in moderation, to much sitting and not enough exercise can eventually lead to a sendentary life. And that can actually shorten your lifespan.

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The Amount Of Time Americans Spend Sitting & Sleeping May Scare You

Healthcare company Kaiser Permanente says American adults are sedentary for six-to-eight hours a day. Various other studies add similar metrics to standard eight hour nights sleeping, with estimates of daily immobility ranging from 16-21 hours. And a new statement released by The American Heart Association (AHA) breaks down why exactly this could be a huge issue for health conscious Americans.

The AHA described sedentary activity in the statement as sitting, reclining, or lying down while awake, as well as reading, watching television and working on the computer. It also noted that light housework or slow, leisurely walking that doesn't qualify moderate to vigorous physical activity.

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Sedentary Behavior Leads To Tons Of Health Problems

"The evidence to date is suggestive, but not conclusive, that sedentary behavior contributes to cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk," a team led by Deborah Rohm Young, of Kaiser Permanente, Southern California wrote in the statement.

However, she adds, "Given the current state of the science on sedentary behavior and in the absence of sufficient data to recommend quantitative guidelines, it is appropriate to promote the advisory, 'Sit less, move more'."

The statement backed up existing evidence that doing any of the above activities for too long could result heart disease and diabetes—even amongst active, exercising people.

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Physical Activity Of A Least 30 Minutes Daily Is The Key

Heart-health experts continue to encourage that participation of daily physical activity that increases one’s heart rate for at least 30 minutes per day, especially for those who do desk-bound work.

Since the negative physical effects of being inactive are undeniable—weight gain, aching joints and decreased mobility—there’s more than enough sufficient evidence to support why moving more and sitting less is the right idea.

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